Artificial Societies: The Computer Simulation of Social Life

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Overview

An exploration of the implications of developments in artificial intelligence for social scientific research, which builds on the theoretical and methodological insights provided by "Simulating societies".; This book is intended for worldwide library market for social science subjects such as sociology, political science, geography, archaeology/anthropology, and significant appeal within computer science, particularly artificial intelligence. Also personal reference for researchers.

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Papers from a July 1993 and an April 1992 meeting, plus an additional paper, explore the use of computer simulation in understanding the social sciences, in sections on the simulation of social theories, the evolution and emergence of societies, and the foundations of social simulation. Computer simulation has yielded models for division of labor and social coordination, kinship structures, and the evolution of cities. Other topics include artificial ant societies, and kin- directed altruism in an evolving population of neural networks. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857283051
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on contributors
1 Introduction: computer simulation for social theory 1
2 A model of the emergence of new political actors 19
3 Division of labour and social co-ordination modes: a simple simulation model 40
4 Emergence of kinship structures: a multi-agent approach 59
5 Cities can be agents too: a model for the evolution of settlement systems 86
6 The EOS project: integrating two models of Palaeolithic social change 103
7 Genetic algorithms, teleological conservatism, and the emergence of optimal demand relations: the case of learning-by-consuming 126
8 Emergence in social simulation 144
9 How to invent a lexicon: the development of shared symbols in interaction 157
10 MANTA: new experimental results on the emergence of (artificial) ant societies 190
11 Emergent behaviour in societies of heterogeneous, interacting agents: alliances and norms 212
12 Kin-directed altruism and attachment behaviour in an evolving population of neural networks 238
13 Understanding the functions of norms in social groups through simulation 252
14 A logical approach to simulating societies 268
Bibliography 285
Index 299
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